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BBC六分钟英语听力精选:在线预定度假

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大家好,欢迎收听BBC六分钟英语听力精选,我们将会给你带来各种各样的消息新闻,今天要说的是旅游的话题。
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Booking holidays online

在线预定度假

Stephen和Alice要与大家一起说说“在线预定度假”,另外还有网络的度假广告用语。

本周问题:

Ctrip.com,是中国最大的在线旅游公司,宣布在一月到三月期间大幅度增加利润成本,那么它的增长率是多少呢?

a) 13%

b) 23%

c) 33%

让我们一起听节目,找答案吧。

听力内容:

Booking holidays online

NB: This is not a word for word transcript

Stephen: Hello, I'm Stephen.

Alice: And I'm Alice.

Stephen: And this is 6 Minute English. This week we're talking about booking holidays online. Some travel companies have been criticised for making misleading claims about holidays or flights they're selling on their websites. Well, you're probably familiar with the kind of language used in advertising holidays. Sometimes, the way a holiday is described doesn't really match what it's really like.

Alice: For example, ‘azure blue waters’ might turn out to be a dirty blue sea, and a‘cosy hotel room’ - a nice way of saying it's a very small room.

Stephen: But it's not just the descriptions that are controversial - travel companies have been getting in trouble for the way they sell their services online. Before we find out more Alice, let's hear today's question.

Alice: OK.

Stephen: Online travel is big business, and the top online travel company in China is called Ctrip.com. They announced a huge increase in profits between January and March, but how much was that increase? Was it:

a) 13%

b) 23%

c) 33%

Alice: Oh, because you said it’s a huge increase I’ll go for the biggest figure – 33%.

Stephen: Well, we'll find out the answer at the end of today's 6 Minute English. First, let's talk some more about booking holidays online. If you're like me, at this time of the year, you're searching through lots of holiday websites for a really good deal.

Alice: A really good deal - a bargain, a great offer.

Stephen: But it might not turn out to be that cheap in the end. There can be hidden costs and something can end up being more expensive than you were expecting.

Alice: Hidden costs include anything that's not very obvious. It could be taxes or administration charges - payments for the office staff who deal with money and booking your flights or hotel.

Stephen: It can be really frustrating after lots of clicking to discover that the final price of your holiday is considerably more expensive. Here's Stephen Dunk, the Commercial Director of Travel Zoo, a company which sells holidays online.

Insert 1: Stephen Dunk

You see a great offer and you think “I’d like to go and do that”, and then you start trying to book it and you actually see that it’s no longer available, or that you’re going to have to pay much more money. And having made that emotional commitment to go and do something there’s nothing worse than having to make a decision to either pull out or to pay much more than you perhaps were anticipating.

Stephen: So Stephen Dunk says that you might see a holiday you like. When you try to book it, it's no longer available or it could be much more expensive than you had budgeted for.

Alice: To budget for something is to plan to spend a certain amount of money on it.

Stephen: He also says if you have chosen a holiday, often you've made an emotional commitment to go on it. It's a difficult decision then to pull out.

Alice: An emotional commitment. I think he means if you’ve set your heart on doing something - you’ve decided you really want to do it - you’re less likely to pull out, even if the price goes up.

Stephen: To pull out, means to withdraw or not do something. Also, booking holidays online can mean clicking lots of buttons. There can be quite a few stages before you see the final cost. Let's hear about some of the hidden costs of plane flights. Here's George Hobica from airfarewatchdog.com.

Insert 2: George Hobica

I think it’s a great boon for consumers to actually see all the taxes in the airfares. Unfortunately a lot of airlines when they send you an email will say $179 to Europe, say from New York City, or even in the reverse direction. And in fact it requires a round-trip purchase so it’s twice that, and it doesn’t include taxes – so the real fare is $1000. It’s very, very deceptive and I think it is time that the airlines be upfront about it.

Stephen: George Hobica thinks it's a great boon to be able to know all the price details of a flight - to be able to see all the taxes.

Alice: A great boon – that’s something really helpful or beneficial.

Stephen: But he said, a flight from Europe to New York being advertised for $179 could end up costing $1000. That's a very large difference in price.

Alice: He also used some interesting words and phrases associated with travel. In American English a return trip is called a round-trip.

Stephen: George Hobica says the way fares are advertised can be deceptive. He wants airlines to be more upfront.

Alice: Deceptive - misleading. He wants airlines to be more upfront - more honest - about their pricing.

Stephen: Well, there’s certainly plenty to be thinking about when I'm booking my next holiday! Have you any holiday plans this summer, Alice?

Alice: Not yet. I think I might go away in the autumn.

Stephen: A bit of sunshine would be nice, I’m sure. And earlier I asked you how much profits went up at the Chinese travel company ctrip.com?

Alice: I said 33% between January and March.

Stephen: Close enough – it was actually 23%.

Alice: Oh, that’s still pretty big.

Stephen: So, before we go, would you reading some of the words we heard in today's programme, please?

Alice: Of course.

hidden costs

clicking

budgeted for

an emotional commitment

to pull out

boon

Stephen: Thanks, Alice. Well, that's all we have time for on today's 6 Minute English.

Both: Bye!

词汇学习:

1. hidden costs 隐性成本

2. clicking 点击

3. budgeted for 为……做预算

4. an emotional commitment 情感承诺

5. to pull out 抽离

6. a great boon 极大的福利

7. a round-trip 双程的;来回机票

8. deceptive 欺诈的,迷惑的

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